BARCELONA: Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy S6 smartphone in a bid to regain face following lower than expected sales of the 2014 Galaxy S5.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge at the firm's 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) Unpacked event, ending weeks of speculation about its conference plans.
Chief executive JK Shin described the devices as Samsung's most advanced to date, claiming that they were based on feedback from the Galaxy S5.
"We are here because we're passionate about technology. We've learned from our successes and missteps, and have pushed forward new technologies and ideas," he said.
"That's how we work and push things forward. It's a crowded market and some companies have set themselves apart through design, others through practicality. But we know people want both. That's what we set up to build."
The Galaxy S6 is the first Samsung handset to come with Google's Android 5.0 Lollipop pre-installed, and features a metal as opposed to plastic chassis.
Samsung claims that the metal makes the device 50 percent stronger than other high-end smartphones and "unlike other smartphones, will not bend".
Samsung has added its Touchwiz and enterprise-focused Knox mobile device management services to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Shin said he expects the Knox service to prove a key selling point for business users.
"With Knox and mobile device management these handsets will give businesses the best security and data protection available," he said.
The Samsung Pay contactless payment service is also set to appear on both devices. Samsung Pay is similar to other payment services, but is based on NFC and MST.
The MST tech used in Samsung Pay reportedly lets users make mobile payments "even when a merchant only accepts magnetic strip wipes". Samsung has already inked deals with payment services including MasterCard.
Both phones also have reworked user interfaces and new features for services such as the camera app, which features a 'Pro' mode that offers manual control over settings like ISO and white balance.
Backing this up the Galaxy S6 features completely reworked internal components, including a 5.1in Quad HD 2560x1440 577ppi screen which Samsung claims displays 70 percent more pixels than the Galaxy S5.
The Galaxy S6 also houses a "one of a kind" 14nm, 64-bit octa-core processor that combines quad-core 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz parts.
Samsung has improved the camera set-up with a 16MP, F-1.9 with Real Time HDR and Optical Image Stabilisation rear unit.
Backing this up is a 5MP, F-1.9 Real Time HDR front camera. Samsung claims that the F-1.9 lens lets in 60 percent more light than the Galaxy S5's lens and will radically improve low light performance.
The Real Time HDR shoots several images and combines them to create a more consistent and accurate photo.
The Galaxy S6 will be offered in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options and features custom eMMC, as opposed to SSD, storage technology. Samsung said that the technology improves performance and write speeds.
The Galaxy S6 includes fast charge battery technology that Samsung claims can "charge four hours worth of life in 10 minutes" and "takes half the time to charge than the iPhone 6". It also comes with WPC and PMA wireless charging technology.
The Galaxy 6S Edge features close to identical specifications to the Galaxy S6 but adds Super Amoled 'Edge Screens', like those seen on the Galaxy Note Edge. The curved screens wrap around the left and right sides of the device.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge are set to be released on 10 April. Samsung has not disclosed prices.
Check back with V3 for hands-on reviews of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
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